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You don’t need a garden or an outdoor grill for a barbecue, just a cast iron, ridged griddle pan. Also called a grill pan, this metal pan grills food on the gas stovetop and in the oven. It heats up quickly (as fast as two minutes) and evenly, and is perfect for searing meats, grilling fish and vegetables, and toasting bread. Griddle pans with ridges creates criss-cross, chargrilled lines on the food. The ridges also drain oil from meats.
Can't decide which griddle pan to pick? We sizzled meats on these four pans to test out their effectiveness.
1. OUR FAVE: LE CREUSET 32.5cm RECTANGULAR GRILL, $299
VERDICT: 9/10. The well-grilled meats and classy grill lines won us over.
This Le Creuset grill pan is available at Isetan Scotts & Katong, Takashimaya D.S., Tangs Orchard & Robinsons Centrepoint.
2. BEST VALUE: IKEA FAVORIT GRILL PAN, $69
VERDICT: 7.5/10. Inexpensive, with the most user-friendly handles.
Buy this IKEA grill pan at Ikea: 317 Alexandra Road, (S) 159965; opening hours: 10am-10pm daily; Tel: 6786 6868 and 60 Tampines North Drive 2, (S) 528764; opening hours: 10am - 11pm daily; Tel: 6786 6868; website: www.ikea.com/sg/en.
3. LODGE PRESEASONED SINGLE BURNER REVERSIBLE GRIDDLE, $199
VERDICT 8/10. Double-sided convenience; but takes practice.
Purchase this grill at Razorsharp: 315 Outram Road #01-03, Tan Boon Liat Building, (S) 169074; Tel: 6227 7515.
4. STAUB AMERICAN SQUARE GRILL, $198
VERDICT: 8.5/10. Small and heavy, with two useful spouts.
This Staub grill is available at most electrical stores. All product and pricing information was correct at the time of the magazine's publication. We advise readers to check with the store for the latest availability and pricing information.
OTHER STORE LOCATIONS
Takashimaya departmental store: 391 Orchard Road, (S) 238873; opening hours: 10am to 9.30pm daily; tel: 6738 1111; website: www.takashimaya-sin.com. Tangs Orchard: 310 Orchard Road, (S) 238864; opening hours 10.30am - 9.30pm on Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30am - 11:00pm on Fridays and 11:00am - 8.30pm on Sundays; Tel: 6737 5500.
Isetan Scotts: 350 Orchard Road, Shaw House, (S) 238868; Tel: 6733 1111; operating hours: 10.00am to 9.30pm daily and Isetan Katong: 80 Marine Parade Road, Parkway Parade, (S) 449269; Tel: 6345 5555; opening hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm on Sundays to Fridays and 10am to 10pm on Saturdays; website: www.isetan.com.sg.
This article was originally published in SimplyHer November 2010.